Best alien franchise to watch on Hotstar in the right order

Experience the entire Alien movie saga sequentially using our detailed list, starting from the original 1979 film all the way through Covenant, and don’t forget the thrilling Alien vs. Predator crossover movies are included in the lineup.

Alien sitting on top of a machine, growling
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This Alien movie franchise, is known to be as the best alien franchise to watch on Disney+ Hotstar OTT platform, the movie franchise has undergone through various evolution and expansion throughout its long years, taking unexpected turns. It boasts six standalone installments, along with two crossover entries featuring the petrifying Xenomorphs going against iconic space galactic alien hunters. Additionally, the franchise remains vibrant through various video games, comic books and merchandise, which often produce narratives deemed more captivating with its relation to the amazing history of this film.

If you’re pondering how to maximize your enjoyment of this film franchise on the Disney+ Hotstar OTT platform, fret not, because Peepbuzz is here to guide you through the optimal binge-watching sequence for the entire Alien franchise, perfect for your long weekend breaks.

The Alien Franchise is one of the worst messes around in terms of its chronological order to watch as each film has an element or piece missing which gets fulfilled by a film released in future.

Without further ado, let’s check out the recommended order for viewing these alien movies. Apologies in advance for the long article, but it focuses on providing insights that fill in the missing pieces across each film, enriching your viewing experience.

1. Alien vs. Predator – AvP

Predator holding one of the crew members of the space ship
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Following a terrible attempt in the 90s, the Alien franchise took a courageous leap with Shane Salerno’s script, setting the stage in the contemporary era of 2004. Spearheaded by Charles Bishop Weyland (played by Lance Henriksen), an expedition ventures to Bouvetøya, a minus temperature island near the coast of Antarctica, drawn by a mysterious heat signature.

What unfolds is a long unknown clash between long-dormant Xenomorphs and three Predator hunters, with humans stuck in the midst. Serving as the inaugural Alien vs. Predator crossover film, AvP earnestly tries its best to bridge the two iconic alien franchises, considerably by casting Lance Henriksen, a stalwart of the Aliens saga, as the progenitor of Weyland Industries. Nevertheless, it muddles the established genesis of the Xenomorphs from Alien (1979), a narrative inconsistency further exacerbated by Ridley Scott’s subsequent prequels. Delving into a flashback to antiquity, the film reveals a protracted conflict between humans, Predators (known as “Yautja“), and the Xenomorphs.

Ancient civilizations venerated the Predators, offering sacrifices to facilitate the Xenomorphs’ emergence for the Predators’ hunts. Predictably, the 2004 expedition spirals into chaos, showcasing the disastrous consequences of the Predators’ hunt for the “ultimate prey.” This cinematic movie will start answering your questions if you somehow watched the old aliens franchise movie (released before 2004).

Release Date:13 August, 2004

Cast: Raoul Bova, Lance Henriksen, Sanaa Lathan

Where to watch: Watch Alien vs Predator in Disney+ Hotstar

2. Aliens vs. Predators: Requiem (2007)

Alien facing off with the Predator in a battle
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Continuing the narrative from AVP (2004), the crossover sequel Aliens vs Predator: Requiem seamlessly transitions into the aftermath. A menacing entity, which is mixture of predator and alien DNA the “Predalien,” sporting a crimson-hued body reminiscent of the Alien species yet bearing the distinctive mandibles of a Predator, wreaks chaos and havoc in a tiny Colorado township. In response, a seasoned Predator veteran arrives to contain the escalating chaos, leading to a frenzied onslaught of destruction and mayhem.

20th Century Fox (now Studios) an American film studio tries its best to tackle AvP, but was greeted with dismal reviews and lukewarm reception from the majority of fans. Despite this, the film managed to inject a dose of unbridled brutality and introduce intriguing in-universe ideas that sparked discussions among ardent enthusiasts of the Aliens franchise. AvP: Requiem maintains the 2004 setting of its predecessor, seamlessly picking up the storyline immediately after the conclusion of the preceding film.

Release date: 25 December, 2007

Cast: John Ortiz, Reiko Aylesworth, Steven Pasquale

Where to watch: Watch Aliens vs. Predators: Requiem on Disney+ Hotstar

3. Prometheus (2012)

An Engineer a character from Prometheus looking at the land
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The original director of “Alien” 1979 – Ridley Scott returns to uplift his alien franchise, with a cast full of stars in a prequel film, Prometheus. Beginning the entire Alien chronology, Prometheus shows the fans the beginning of humanity’s inaugural voyage into the cosmos, intertwining with the enigmatic beings known as “The Engineers.” Set almost a century prior to the events of Alien, this installment of the Alien Franchise movie excludes the presence of Ellen Ripley, portrayed by Sigourney Weaver, and the other spacefarers introduced in Ridley Scott’s initial film.

n the prequel, Prometheus highlights the importance of two pivotal characters in humanity’s early encounters with extraterrestrial life (Aliens). Elizabeth Shaw, a skilled archaeologist with expertise spanning in human mythology, archaeology, and paleontology, joins the USCSS Prometheus mission. Alongside her is David, an android crafted by Sir Peter Weyland, distinguished as the sole android endowed with creative and emotional augmentations. These two main characters are also the last two survivors during their expedition to LV-223.

Release Date: 1 June 2012

Cast: Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Noomi Repace

Where to watch: Watch Prometheus on Disney+ Hotstar

4. Alien: Covenant (2017)

An Alien screaming very loudly to call his coloney
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Continuing in the prequel narrative story of the Alien movie in the year 2104, Alien: Covenant serves as a follow-up to Prometheus. Going forward 11 years in future, the plot centers on a colonization vessel on another expedition mission. The crew is prematurely awakened from deep sleep and directed towards a new destination referred to as planet “Origae 6“, a potential “paradise,” which can be called a new home, prompted by a distress call. However, the source of the signal, a crashed spacecraft, links back to events from the prior film (Prometheus) and harbors various ominous elements, including Xenomorphs and androids.

Although the formation of the Weyland-Yutani Corporation hasn’t been shown yet to its viewers, Weyland’s growing fixation on studying The Engineers, uncovering their deep secrets, and militarizing their advanced inventions persists, steadily solidifying more with each progress. We even get to see Michael Fassbender as a new android who has been now named as Walter, a new aid in the latest expedition.

Covenant delivers a ton of classic Alien elements which its fans are always wanting more, establishing a definitive origin for the nightmarish space creatures, a departure from the AvP films as previously noted. Regrettably, the likelihood of a third installment in the trilogy seems slim due to lackluster box office performance. Additionally, Covenant’s conclusion diverges significantly from the trajectory leading to the discovery of the crashed Engineer ship in the original Alien.

Release date: 12 May, 2017

Cast: Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Michael Fassbenderr

Where to watch: Watch Alien: Covenant on Disney+ Hotstar

5. Alien (1979)

Alien walking in a space ship
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Now, we’ve reached the “modern” era within the original Alien movie timeline which is taking place in the year of 2122, with the iconic story of Alien fitting into the broader series approximately 18 years after the events of Alien: Covenant. What initially appeared as a routine mission to acquire a covert payload on LV-426.

In the Alien film, Ripley and her team get struck upon the remnants of the Engineers, hinting at David’s refinement of the alien creature into a more potent and formidable threat during the period between Alien: Covenant and Alien. Nevertheless, owing to the events depicted in both the Alien vs Predator movies and Prometheus, the Weyland-Yutani corporation possesses sufficient awareness of the creature’s existence to actively seek it out simultaneously.

They confront the extremely potent Xenomorph creature, which without a top continues to eliminate members of the crew in its different stages, beginning from face-huggers, moving on to chest-bursters, and culminating into fully-grown aliens. Consequently, some of the most memorable moments in the Alien franchise unfold with this gore scenes adding a touch of cinematic gesture. This also helps the character of Ripley mark her significance in the film as she hold the main face for the Alien movies for almost 20 years.

Release date: 25 May 1979

Cast: John Hurt, Tom Skerritt, Sigourney Weaver

Where to watch: Watch Alien (1979) on Disney+ Hotstar

6. Aliens (1986)

Ellen Ripley going through the spaceship to find aliens
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In the year 2179, 57 years following the extra-terrestrial incidents aboard the Nostromo ship, Ellen Ripley a warrant office on the ship (played by Sigourney Weaver), the only survivor, who is discovered in a drifting cryopod and rescued in the depths of space. Upon her return back to the space ship with some marines, she undergoes debriefing by her employers, who exhibit strange skepticism regarding her accounts of the experience she had faced with the aliens 57 years back. What scared her more was that now, LV-426 was changing into a large inhabitants for the Xenomorphs, which threaten their survival within the planet.

Director James Cameron, the director of Terminator 2- Judgement Day, gives us an epic glimpse of extra-terrestrial brutality with a fine tuned movie of Aliens, which also involve the elements of creation of Weyland-Yutani corporation into a massive company ,that would further shows the evil industrial Corp it is. We also see the involvement of the android creation named Bishop (played by Lance Henriksen , a version that gives out a more heroic aura compared to other androids in the Aliens Franchise timeline.

Release date: 18 July, 1986

Cast: Carrie Hen, Michael Biehn, Sigourney Weaver

Where to watch: Watch Aliens (1986) on Disney+ Hotstar

7. Alien 3 (1992)

Women getting scared by the alien
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Alien 3 is set right after Aliens (1986) , that begins with a alien hatchling of a face-hugger which is on board the ship , that causes a massive fire on the ship aboard, that follows up with the crash of the space ship on the prison plant Fiorina “Fury” 161 as it unceremoniously kills off the beloved characters of Hicks and Newt, whom many loved in the Aliens (1986). Ripley later finds out that there was a second embryo on the ship which is of an Alien queen which is inside her.

Ripley can be seen fighting through the epic journey in the film, trying her best to not let the Weyland-Yutani corporation‘s dirty hands get on the alien queen embryo, that could lead them to create a disastrous weapon. We also find out the Bishop II is the original creator of the android, Bishop played by Lance Henriksen. Unfortunately, Bishop II is killed right before he is able to get a hold of the alien queen embryo which is growing inside of Ellen Ripley.

Ellen Ripley’s character can be seen being celebrated as the main character throughout the progression of the journey within the film. The story still continues even moving further even with Ripley at peace and no sign of Weyland-Yutani corporation, the answer of humanity reaching back home is still yet to be solved

Release Date: 22 May, 1992

Cast: Sigourney Weaver, Charles Dance, Charles S. Dutton

Where to watch: Watch Alien 3 on Disney+ Hotstar

8. Alien: Resurrection (1997)

A women getting carried by an alien
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Much to the astonishment of fans, Alien: Resurrection unfolds its story in a distant future, set in the year 2279, nearly two centuries following the events on Fiorina “Fury” 161 (Prison Planet) depicted in Alien 3. With this enormous time leap of 200 years, speculation arose among many fans regarding a potential change in the main protagonist, given Ellen Ripley’s demise in Alien 3. However, Charles S. Dutton’s character, Jonathan Clemens, timely preserves a sample of Ripley’s blood, allowing the cloning of a new iteration of her, dubbed as Ripley-8, possessing a hybrid DNA blend of both Ellen Ripley and the alien queen.

French Director Jean-Perrier Jeunet does his best giving this extra-terrestrial film a flare that it needed. The best thing was the character of Ellen Ripley was able to do which no other character’s in the alien movie franchise were able to do was to go back Earth. The Story timeline having to end in a such sense is valid, as the beginning of the film franchise took place with a space exploration which follows up with an end by returning to Earth.

Alien Franchise in Release Order

Movie NameRelease Date
AlienMay 25, 1979
AliensJuly 18, 1986
Alien 3May 22, 1992
Alien: ResurrectionNovember 12, 1997
Alien vs. PredatorAugust 13, 2004
Alien vs. Predator: RequiemDecember 25, 2007
PrometheusJune 1, 2012
Alien CovenantMay 12, 2017
Alien Franchise in release order

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